LARES VALLEY TREK

4 Days 3 Nights

The LARES VALLEY TREK is one of the most beautiful treks available through the Vilcanota Mountain Range of the Andes to Machu Picchu.

It is more cultural as you see local stone houses and encounter local people along the way. This is an excellent and popular alternative to the Inca Trail, offering more connection to the local people and culture. On this trek you also see many beautiful lakes, snow capped mountains, and herds of alpacas and llamas. This moderate trek is approximately 40 km/24.86 miles and goes up to 4,600m/15,092ft.

The Lares Valley Trek is usually completed over 4 days (4th day being in Machu Picchu), however, we can offer alternative lengths (3 or 5 days). Please email us to enquire about the itineraries and prices for alternative trek lengths. Minimum passengers necessary for trek departure: 2 people (1 person or private/custom treks possible with extra fee). Maximum trekkers per group: 10 people (special, private party groups can exceed maximum).

Meters

Kilometers

Days

Nights

The Nitty Gritty Trek Details

Highlights

Snow-capped mountains, lakes, valleys, cultural, local people, Machu Picchu

Location/Terrain

Snow-capped peaks, multiple high passes, plateaus, rocky terrain

Acclimatization

3 day acclimatization recommended

Duration

4 Days/3 Nights

Distance

40 km/24.86 miles

Altitude

2500m/8,202ft to 4600m/15,092ft

Adventure Rating

★★★☆☆
Moderate, high passes/altitude

Solitude Rating

★★★☆☆
Can be a bit busy in high season

When to Go

Year Round. Best from March to November

Departures

Daily departures with 2 or more people

Prices USD

6-10 trekkers: 770, 3-5 trekkers: 890, 2 trekkers: 1250 (per person)

Customizable

Yes! Private, custom, add-ons all available.

DAY 1: CUSCO – QUISHUARANI (LARES) – CUNCANI

Private transport will pick you up very early at your hotel, departing Cusco at 05:30am for a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley. We will pass through Pisac and stop for a brief bathroom break and the chance to buy any last minute items (extra snacks, rain ponchos, etc.) in Calca, one of the towns in the Sacred Valley. Departing Calca, we head off for the scenic drive to Quishuarani (3,700 m/12,140 ft) which is the starting point for the trek. Along the way you will observe small Andean communities, spectacular mountain landscapes, herds of llamas and alpacas, plus Campesinos (people of the local villages) in colorful costumes, as is traditional with all villages around Lares. A packed breakfast will be served en route around 9:00am with arrival to Quishuarani before 10:00am, where we will meet our trek staff (horsemen, cook, etc). Snacks will be given out at this time to be enjoyed during breaks taken throughout the day. We commence our beautiful trek through the Andes with a gentle climb from 3,700 m/12,140 ft to 4,200 m/13,780 ft where we will arrive at the lake named Queuña Cocha with views of Sawasiray mountain (5,400 m/17,717 ft) and Colque Cruz mountain (5,600 m/18,373 ft). There is a short, steeper climb to our first pass, Hualcacasa (4,400 m/14,440 ft) where Veronica mountain (5,800 m/19,028 ft) can be seen when clear. After we reach this pass we descend for 1 hour to reach our lunch destination beside the picturesque seven lakes or Comer Cochas. Following lunch we descend for another 1 1/2 hours through the community of Cuncani, then gradually ascend beautiful hillsides for 2 hours to reach our first campsite in Cuncani (3,750 m/12,300 ft). You will have time to rest and enjoy happy hour and then dinner later. 

  • Walking distance approximately 14km/8.7mi (6-7 hours)\
  • Meals: box breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on the trail, boiled water at lunch and camp
  • Overnight: Mountain Hardwear Tent (double occupancy)

DAY 2: CUNCANI – YANACOCHA – WAKAWASI – MANTANAY

After our 6:30am breakfast we leave Cuncani ascending for 2 1/2 hours to Cruz Cocha pass (4,200 m/13,780 ft) where we will see a beautiful lake called Cruz Cocha.  We then trek past lakes, walking through Yana Cocha (4,000 m/13,125 ft), and gradually descend for approximately 2 hours until we reach the Wakawasi Valley (3,850 m/12,630 ft). Here we will visit one local family in their traditional stone house. After this visit we continue walking up for 1 hour where we will be able to observe potato crops and herds of domesticated llamas on our way to Chaqchapata (3,950 m/12,960 ft), our lunch stop. After lunch we begin hiking up to reach the highest point of our trek, the Aurora Pass (4,600 m/15,092 ft) where we will have a spectacular view of the lake Aurora Cocha.  From the Aurora pass we will descend past Aurora Cocha and another smaller lake named Qeuña Cocha and traverse one more small pass to enter the valley of Queuñas (indigenous trees). You will enjoy a vast change in scenery before arriving at our beautiful campsite in Mantanay (3,900 m/12,795 ft) after approximately 2 hours. 

  • Walking distance approximately 17 km/10.6 mi (7-8 hours)
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on the trail, boiled water at breakfast, lunch and camp
  • Overnight: Mountain Hardwear Tent (double occupancy)

DAY 3: MANTANAY – YANAHUARA

After breakfast we start our walk around 7:30am with a much easier day ahead as we descend to lower altitude and enjoy amazing views of mountains, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and the Queuñas Bush Valley. You will notice the sudden change of weather and environment (warmer and more lush) and observe local campesinos (local farmers) farming different varieties of corn, potatoes and local vegetables. This walk will take approximately 4 hours to reach the picturesque village of Yanahuara where we enjoy the last lunch of our trek and say farewell to our staff, porters, horse handlers, cooks, and assistants. Private transport will then take us the final 20 minutes to Ollantaytambo where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes (2,100 m/6,890 ft), the town below Machu Picchu. Once in town you will be taken to a hotel for the night and you can visit the local hot springs if you wish before or after our dinner in a local restaurant. 
  • Walking distance approximately 12 km/7.5 miles (4 hours)
  • Meals: breakfast, snacks on the trail, dinner at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes 
  • Overnight: Comfortable hotel room in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)

DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO

Wake up call and breakfast is very early (Approx 4am) in order for us to take one of the first (5:30am, 25 min ride) buses directly to Machu Picchu (2,400 m/7,875 ft). Once we arrive at Machu Picchu you will show your entrance ticket and passport. If you are a student you must bring your ISIC card to the entrance or you will not be permitted entrance. From the entrance, it is a 15-minute walk to the famous views from the South Zone of the farming terraces at the end of the Inca trail. Enjoy watching the sun rise over the ruin site and the fascinating tour of Machu Picchu with your guide who will unfold the mysteries of this magical site, explaining the history and flora/fauna. Your guide will spend about 2 1/2 hours relating interesting and amazing stories, explaining temples and special sectors. Your tour of Machu Picchu will finish between 9 and 9:30am after which you will have a little free time to take photos and explore. The new rules for 2019 have split the entrance times into three slots per day. Our tour includes the first ticket (6-10am) so at 10am you would need to exit the ruin site unless you choose to purchase an extra time slot (or two). If you wish to do one of the extra hikes within Machu Picchu (Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain) you would need to prepurchase a permit as well as an extra time slot in Machu Picchu (these new rules are dictated by the Peruvian government and we are sorry for the inconvenience). After you are done exploring the ruin site, either at 10am or later if you’ve booked more time, take one of the many, frequent buses down to Aguas Calientes.  There are many restaurants to choose from and your guide can also help suggest a nice place to eat. After grabbing a bite to eat you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo where private transport will drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals: Breakfast in the hotel, snacks on the tour
  • Overnight: Not Included

Helpful Info:

  • There are no bathrooms in the ruin site. There are bathrooms right outside the entrance, cost is 1 sol per entrance, and they provide a little toilet paper. If you leave close to the time your ticket expires it is likely they will not permit re-entry.
  • You are allowed to take in a small backpack (under 20L)
  • They are no longer allowing box lunches to be brought into the ruin site. We recommend bringing extra snacks (we provide snacks too) or going down to Aguas Calientes for lunch and returning depending on how much time you’ve booked in Machu Picchu
  • They no longer allow plastic water bottles so please come prepared with water bladders/reusable water bottle(s)
  • Please do not climb on or deface the rocks or leave trash/debris of any kind.
  • Our recommendation is to add one extra time slot to allow for more time in the Ruin Site (with or without an extra hike).

Machu Picchu Entrance Times: in 2019 they changed to 3 time slots with only 2800 people allowed to enter Machu Picchu each day (down from 4000 in 2018)

  • First Entrance: 6am to 10am
  • Second Entrance: 9am to 1pm
  • Third Entrance: 12pm to closing
    • Note: there will potentially be 4-5 entrance times in future years
    • Due to COVID19 – current capacity in Machu Picchu is has been varying based on outbreak numbers. Expect reduced capacity in 2021, extra hike closures, and difficulty obtaining time slots – we recommend booking early

HIKES WITHIN MACHU PICCHU

There are hikes within Machu Picchu that you can do on your own if you wish. The hikes that historically have not required an entrance ticket are: The Inka bridge and the Sun Gate (where the Inka Trail ends with a view of Machu Picchu city),  although these may become subject to permits and charges in 2021. Further, all permitted hikes are subject to closure due to weather, erosion, pandemic/epidemic, etc., and is outside our control as this is regulated by the Peruvian Government.

Wayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain hikes both require a paid ticket and there are a limited number of spots (200 at 7am and 200 at 10am). If you want to hike one of these please let us know well in advance as these spots fill up very quickly. Please note we cannot guarantee you a spot for the mountains requiring tickets and that the Wayna Picchu trail is very steep and slippery and not for those afraid of heights or with vertigo).

We recommend the 10am time slot as Machu Picchu tends to be cloudy in the morning. You are only allowed to hike one of these mountains on a given day so if you would like to do both you would need to return the next day to hike the other one. 

Extra hikes are affected by the time slots meaning you can:

  • Stick with one entrance ticket to Machu Picchu (6am entrance time) that we include in the cost of our trips and go on the extra hike starting at 7am. This means you would miss the guided tour of Machu Picchu unless we customized your trip and added an extra time slot later. 
  • Book an extra entrance ticket (second time slot) along with the extra hike to enter Machu Picchu at 6am, have the guided tour first and some free time and then stay for the extra hike at 9 or 10am and depart after the hike.

Inca Trail and Extra Hikes: Inca Trail has not been affected as much by the new rules. You will still enter Machu Picchu via the sungate as you arrive and will have a guided tour of the ruin site. You can only start your extra hike at 9 or 10am for the Inca Trail due to when you arrive to the ruin site. You would exit Machu Picchu after completing the extra hike. You can also opt for another entrance ticket if you wish to stay longer of course.

General Info about the Extra Hikes and Machu Picchu:

  • You can only hike one of the extra hikes per day – these are Peruvian Government rules. If you wish to hike both you would need to stay overnight and return to Machu Picchu the next day to hike the second one. We can help arrange this.
  • The hikes are permitted and require a paid ticket that is linked to your passport info
  • There are 200 slots at 7am for Machu Picchu Mountain and 200 slots at 7am for Wayna Picchu and 200 slots at 9am for Machu Picchu Mountain and 200 slots at 10am for Wayna Picchu Mountain.
  • If you want to hike both you need to return the following day to complete the second one.
  • guide is required to enter Machu Picchu with you but would not go on the extra hike with you unless you specifically request that.
  • In 2019 they are no longer allowing box lunches to be brought into Machu Picchu so please plan accordingly with plenty of snacks (beyond the ones we provide if you feel you’ll need them). 
  • In 2019 they are no longer allowing plastic water bottles so come prepared with reusable water bottle(s). 

    INCLUDED ON THE TRAIL
    • Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any questions
    • Collection from your Cusco hotel in the morning of the first day
    • Private bus transport to the starting point of the trek
    • Personal porter to carry your overnight gear up to 8kg/17.6lbs
    • Dry bag in which to put your overnight gear so it won’t get wet or dusty on the trail
    • 3 person, 4 season tents (2 people in large and comfortable Mountain Hardwear Expedition tent)
    • One-inch-thick foam mattress sleeping pad to put under your sleeping bag
    • English speaking professional guide
    • Full meals on the trek (3 meals per day, tea time every afternoon, snacks on the trail)
    • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank and emergency horse
    • Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tents
    • Dining tent with tables and stools
    • Toilet, toilet tent and toilet paper
    • Horsemen and horses (to carry tents/food/cooking equipment)
    • Hot water every morning/evening for hand washing purposes
    • Boiled water to fill water bottles every morning/afternoon
    • Round trip tourist train: Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu and back
    • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex (first time slot 6-10am)
    • Round-trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
    • Hotel (double room) in Aguas Calientes and dinner in a local restaurant
    • Private Transport back to your hotel in Cusco
    NOT INCLUDED ON THE TRAIL
    • Flights
    • Hotel before/after trek
    • Lunch and dinner on the last day
    • Sleeping bags and walking poles (poles must have intact rubber bottoms)
    • Entrance to hot springs (25 soles)
    • Extra hikes within Machu Picchu: Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain – please note if you choose this option we cannot guarantee a spot will be available. We recommend booking well in advance for these hikes.
    • Extra time slot in Machu Picchu (in 2019 the government split the entrance ticket into three time slots. We include the first one 6-10am)
    • Items of a personal nature and souvenirs
    • Travel interruption & travel medical/evacuation insurance (required)
    • Tip for your guide(s) are optional but highly encouraged if you enjoy your trek
    PRICE AND NUMBER OF TREKKERS

    A minimum of 2 trekkers required for this trek. Maximum of 10 trekkers in a group. Price for 6-10 trekkers: 770 USD per person. Price for 3-5 trekkers: 890 USD per person. Price for 2 trekkers: 1250 per person. Private treks, single trekker, custom treks, large groups, and packages welcome! Please email us to customize.

    COVID 19 PRACTICES

    We take your health and that of our staff very seriously. We adhere to the recommended rules as outlined by the Peruvian Government, including border closures, trail closures, face-covering orders, quarantine orders, negative COVID19 test results, and the eventual need for proof of COVID19 vaccination. We have instituted a number of increased hygiene precautions for food preparation and treks/tours outlined below. Face coverings will be worn at all times by the guide/staff and are required of guests in towns and ruin sites and anywhere else it is mandated per Peruvian rules. Social distancing will be observed to the best of our ability, especially along the trail if you wish to remove face coverings while hiking. Increased hand hygiene will be practiced and temperatures checked daily. Anyone exhibiting COVID19 symptoms will need to self-quarantine.

    Machu Picchu has been declared a Safe Travels destination. In line with the good news that Peru is opening to a wider range of international visitors, we have updated our safety protocols to help keep you safe while you are travelling with us. 

    Trips will take place in small groups (8 people per group, including guide), and according to the instructions we receive from the Ministry of Tourism. All of our transport will continue to be private services. 

    Our guides, drivers, and representatives:

    • Will wear masks and use antibacterial gel at all times
    • Will be monitored continuously with temperature and symptom checks. If anyone has symptoms, they will be obliged to rest and recover, and substituted with other staff members

    We will ensure social distancing by:

    • Keeping 1-meter distance between passengers when boarding vehicles.
    • Restricting physical contact between our staff and customers. 

    To add to your packing list:

    • Cloth or medical face masks
    • Face shields
    • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
    • Disinfectant wipes (at least 70% alcohol) for surfaces
    • Digital thermometer

    We recommend the following steps to protect yourself and others when you travel:

    • Always maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between you and others
    • Avoid crowds
    • Wear a face mask and a face shield
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
    • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Do not travel if you are feeling sick
    • Disinfect your hands often. It’s especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds
    • If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry

    With our updated protocol, we hope to offer you a safe stay without compromising on our excellent service. We will continue adapting our standards according to the recommendations of health experts.

    The Inca Trail 2D is open again as of Nov 2020 with a capacity of 150 people per day (down from 500).

    We do not have confirmation as yet for the Classic Inca Trail 4D but we will keep you posted.  There are vulnerable communities along this trail and they are being closely monitored by the Peruvian Government.

    The minister has informed that only 675 people will be allowed inside Machu Picchu per day, which is 30% of its capacity pre-pandemic.

    Visitors will enter in groups of 8, with a tour guide, and will need to maintain a distance of 1.5-2 meters apart. Visitors will only be permitted entry when accompanied by a professional guide and have their tickets booked through a registered travel agent, such as Killa Expeditions. 

    All of the above information is subject to change. Right now Peru has opened its borders to most countries but we recommend checking specifics for your country as these are updated regularly. 

    Wishing you happy and safe travels!

    Blog Post: https://killaexpeditions.com/covid-19-travel-safety-protocols-with-killa-expeditions/ 

    WHEN TO GO AND DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY
    Year round. This trek is rated moderate considering the high altitudes and length of walking. It is recommended that you acclimatize in Cusco for at least 2-3 days before trekking.
    WHAT TO CARRY - DAYPACKS

    On the trail you should carry a day pack with your camera, water bottle or bladder, snacks, hand sanitizer, face mask, cold weather clothing and rain gear or poncho in case of rain (unlikely in dry season – May to October) and anything you will need before dinner as horses do not walk alongside you. A recommended packing list is sent after you book the trip and can be found below under the “what to pack for your trek” tab. We will provide you with a dry bag for your overnight gear to be carried by horses. Your bag will be waiting for you at every campsite. Yes we do offer luggage storage and most hotels/hostels in Cusco also offer this service.

    WEATHER & WHAT TO BRING ON YOUR TREK

    Weather on the trek and in Cusco

    The weather varies a lot across Peru, having 28 climates and 84 of the worlds 104 ecosystems. Cusco is set high up (3,380 mts, 11,089 ft) in the Andean Mountain Range and the dry season (winter) is from Mar/April to October/November with the wettest part of the year (summer) being December through March. The weather for trekking is pretty much the same year round, with the main difference being the amount of rainfall. During the dry season, most days are dry and clear, but high-altitude mountains always have the potential for rain and/or snow so it is essential to come prepared for all types of weather regardless of the time of year. 

    The LARES VALLEY Trek is high altitude, therefore the weather can be quite cold and unpredictable. The nights on this trek are usually around 20F/-7C. During the day it can get quite warm if the sun is out; anywhere from 60-75F/15-24C. Keep in mind, if the weather is rainy or cloudy it will be colder, and that the weather can change in an instant, particularly when up at the high-altitude passes. It is often quite windy at the top of the passes as well. As with any high-altitude trek you’ll need to bring plenty of layers to adjust to the fluctuating temperatures and conditions as well as appropriate sun/rain protection.

    Cusco weather: Cusco is always very cold at night due to the high altitude. It is regularly around 40F/4.4C at night so bring a nice warm jacket for nighttime walking in town. It is warmer in Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes as these areas are lower altitudes than Cusco and the trek.

    What to bring: for your trek: Everything you need for the day should be kept in your daypack that you carry because all the items you leave with your porter will not be available to you until the evening at the campsite. It is recommended not to hike in cotton or jeans in the event of rain as cotton takes a very long time to dry. It is also recommended to bring true hiking boots or trail running shoes as regular running shoes do not get very good traction, especially when it has rained.

    • Sleeping bags and walking poles (poles must have intact rubber bottoms)
      • Recommend bringing a sleeping bag rated for below freezing
    • Sleeping bag liner (for your sleeping bag if you wish)
    • Mattress pad – while we provide a mattress pad, being rested is essential for a great hiking experience and we find that sleep habits are very individualized. Therefore we recommend bringing your own pad that you know you are comfortable sleeping on, as well as any other sleep items you might want to have (camp pillow, etc).
    • Sunscreen: the sun is very strong in Cusco
    • Sun hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Lip balm
    • Hiking shoes/boots
    • Hiking pants and shirts (layers)
    • Layers – long underwear and/or warm sleep pants for cold nights
    • Hand warmers if you wish
    • Warm hat, gloves, scarf and thick warm socks (or you can buy a traditional Peruvian hat and scarf – they are beautiful!)
    • Daypack and rain cover
    • Rain gear – rain jacket and rain pants (optional for the pants), can buy an inexpensive poncho before the trek
    • Cash for tipping porters, cooks, horsemen, guides, buying items along the trail, for in town, emergencies, etc. Note: Cash should be in perfect condition (ripped, damaged soles are NOT accepted anywhere in Peru)
    • Swim suit, flip flops, towel for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes if you wish to go
    • Sandals
    • Torch/flashlight/headlamp (and batteries)
    • Insect repellent
    • Hand sanitizer and face covering (for COVID-19 Pandemic)
    • Extra snacks if you wish (beyond snacks provided by us)
      • E.g. especially if you have a favorite protein bar as Cusco does not sell items like this
    • First aid kit, including blister protection (though your guide will have one, you may wish to carry one of your own)
    • Personal medication and toiletries you might want
    • Camera, extra memory cards/film, batteries
    • Water bottle or water bladder to refill
    • Passport (must be valid 6 months past your travel dates for most countries)
    • Copies of passport (keep copies separate, give to travel friends to keep, etc)
    • Power adapter/converter
    • Travel lock(s) approved by TSA (or they cut them off – US only)
    • Tickets, itinerary, emergency contact information
    • Any medications you currently are taking or need/may need (see suggestions below)
    • Small quick-dry pak towels and/or wipes for a quick wipe down at the end of the day

    What to bring: medications – medications are optional and depend on your specific needs

    • Antibiotic for travelers diarrhea or UTI
    • Antibiotic for a severe bacterial infection
    • Medication for upset stomach/indigestion
    • Anti-diarrhea medication
    • Anti-nausea medication for motion sickness/altitude sickness if needed
    • Cold/flu medication
    • General pain killer/fever reducer
    • Vaccinations – recommend bringing all boosters up to date (MMR, tetanus, etc)
    • COVID19 negative test result (currently within 72 hours of departure) and eventually will likely need a COVID19 vaccination card

    View latest travel advisories and recommended vaccinations and medications for the regions you plan to visit. For Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu there are generally no vaccinations required. If you are going to the jungle or any other higher risk area you may need: yellow fever vaccine, medicine for malaria, typhoid vaccine, etc. Click here for updated info: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/peru.aspx NOTE: Please visit your doctor several weeks before your trip to discuss any health restrictions you may have, medications he/she might recommend for you personally, and to seek more information about any vaccinations or medications recommended for Peru (or any of your other destinations). Additionally: speak with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter and/or prescription medications alone or combined.

    PAYMENT & PASSPORT INFO

    Deposit: A 400 USD deposit will be charged to your card when you book the trek. This allows us to purchase time-sensitive items such as train tickets and entrance fees. This is non-refundable.

    Payment of Balance: The balance of the trek is due 60 days prior to departure and will be auto-debited via the booking software system on that date. If you wish to pay early, or use a different card to the one you have on file, you may do so by clicking on the reservation number in your confirmation email and entering the pin that was provided to you in the original confirmation email. If you wish to make other arrangements (e.g. pay cash in Cusco), please contact us. Please note if you book your trip within 60 days of departure, the balance of the trek will be auto-debited the next day. If you do not wish this to happen please contact us.

    Passport: We need a photo of your passport bio page in order to book the above items in your name (Peruvian Government Requirement). Please note that each traveler is responsible for knowing the re-entry rules for their country of residence/citizenship. Some countries require 6 months of passport validity beyond the final date of travel. Please ensure that your passport is up to date and meets your country and residency requirements. We can use an old/expiring passport to book your tickets but we will need a copy of the updated passport as soon as you receive it in order to update your tickets.

    Visa’s: Most countries are allowed to obtain a visa upon entry at immigration. Very few countries require a visa to be granted in advance. Please note that each traveler is responsible for finding out and obtaining a visa prior to entry if required. Please also note that tourist visas are for 90 days or less (typically) and you must show proof of return travel.

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    Please review our booking terms carefully.

    • The minimum number of trekkers required for departure is 6 for the price quoted online. If the minimum is not met within 2 weeks of departure, Killa Expeditions reserves the right to offer the 1-2 paid trekkers the option of 1) paying the difference to take a private trek, 2) transferring their payment to another trek with more trekkers booked, or 3) cancel the trek and provide a full refund. Please contact us with questions.
    • At the time of booking only a deposit is charged. The trek deposit is required to secure your spot on a trek and is non-refundable. It is used to purchase non-refundable items such as train tickets, Machu Picchu entrance tickets, etc. The balance of the trek is due within 60 days of departure.
    • Cancellations: Initial deposit is non-refundable. You may cancel your booking by notifying Killa Expeditions or Agent used and the applicable cancellation fees shall be determined based on when the request is received by Killa Expeditions or Agent. (a) Cancellation received 60 days or more before departure of the first Product to depart in relevant booking: 60% of the Product total shall be refunded to you (Inca Trail excepted where 25% of the Inca Trail product total shall be refunded to you). (b) Cancellation received 59-30 days before departure of first Product to depart in relevant booking: an amount equal to 25% of the total Product shall be refunded to you. (Inca Trail excepted where no refund is payable). (c) Cancellation less than 30 days before departure of first Product to depart in relevant booking: no refund shall be payable to you.
    • Travel Medical Insurance: is required to depart on any trek (including emergency evacuation coverage and high altitude hiking). We also suggest travel interruption insurance in the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances that may arise. Killa Expeditions is not responsible for losses incurred due to any travel interruption (ex: weather/natural phenomena, missed/delayed/canceled flight, acts of war/terrorism, strikes, pandemics/epidemics, site or trail closures, etc.), passport, visa, family emergency, or illness/medical issues.
    • Please be advised that due to COVID19 pandemic and any subsequent variants – there may be border closures, quarantine measures, changes in entry requirements, etc. We will do our best to change your trek to a different date if issues arise that are outside of our control on our end. Please note you may also be required to show proof of a negative COVID19 test within 72 hours of departure and potentially a vaccination card once vaccines are widely available. As these terms change we will alert travelers to the new regulations.
    • For Full Terms and Conditions please see the policy linked at the bottom of our website in the footer. It is also available to read during the checkout process. https://killaexpeditions.com/terms-conditions-peru/
    DONATING/VOLUNTEERING
    • Helping Local Children or Andean People (Optional) Along certain treks we may encounter some local children and Andean people.  If you wish to lend a helping hand you may bring some clothes, toys, books and school equipment (used or new), toiletries and other essentials, and new/sealed medication for a variety of ailments.  You will be rewarded with their gratitude and beautiful smiles. Please do not give candy or sweets as they do not have access to dental/medical care and tooth decay can lead to serious illness.

      For those who wish to help but take a trek that does not pass local people or villages you can leave your donated items with a Killa Expeditions representative and we will distribute them to one of the local communities that we support.  You can also set up a day to visit a local community to donate your items personally! There are a variety of other ways in which to lend a helping hand to local communities (charity events, building schools, and much more). We support several local communities so if interested please get in touch!

    WHY CHOOSE KILLA EXPEDITIONS?

    ETHICAL, SUSTAINABLE, ECO-FRIENDLY  Our mission is to provide exceptional treks, tours, and adventure trips with a strong commitment to environmentally responsible, sustainable, ethical, and socially conscious travel. During our trips, we make every effort to minimize negative impacts and maximize the benefits to the local people and natural environments we visit. We pay fair, livable wages, ensuring we hire and maintain the absolute best guides and support staff. We are committed to international sustainable tourism guidelines and have developed ongoing community projects and charity events supporting 4+ local Andean communities.

    EXCELLENCE We pride ourselves on providing 5 star service before, during, and after your trip. Killa Expeditions is dedicated to excellent customer service and adventure experiences. We have been awarded the 2017, 2018 & 2019 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence!

    QUALITY When trekking through rugged mountain terrain, at high altitudes, with unpredictable weather, it is essential to have the best equipment available. We provide Mountain Hardwear 4 season tents (3 season for Inca Trail due to warmer weather), extra thick mattress pads, dry bags for your overnight gear, and more, to ensure a safe and pleasant journey.

    NO HIDDEN COSTS Our treks and tours are truly 5 star and all inclusive. We do not charge extra to “upgrade” as we offer the best option included in the price already. There are no hidden meal costs, we are transparent about all inclusions, and best of all no booking fees!

    SMALL GROUPS Our groups average about 8 guests per departure, and are typically a mix of solo travellers, friends travelling together, and couples, all of varying ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Come prepared to make lots of new best friends. If you book a custom/private large group we provide 1 guide per 8 travelers, ensuring a small group feel and specialized attention.

    GOURMET Only the best, quality ingredients are selected from local farmers. Our chefs prepare a specially designed menu to maximize energy and facilitate acclimatization.  And the dishes, a mix of traditional Peruvian cuisine and contemporary cuisines, are delicious too! And yes, we cater to any dietary need.

    PERSONALIZED We can customize any trek or tour to suit your travel, fitness, budget, and time preferences. Got a corporate or work shindig, charity group, or other major event you’d like to book a trek or tour for? Get in touch, we can arrange everything for you!

    LEAVE NO TRACE Our trips leave behind nothing but smiles and footprints, as it should be.

    REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE We love our planet, which is why we reduce, reuse and recycle. Our gear is reusable (no paper or plastic plates/cups/utensils), we buy local goods that do not come in paper/plastic wrapping, and we recycle everything we can. This is not the norm in Peru but we hope to help it become the norm one day soon!

    PASSIONATE All of our employees are passionate about what they do. Who wouldn’t be with majestic mountains and never-ending vistas as your office! We are proud to offer our guides and staff the highest wages.

    WE GIVE BACK We buy locally produced food, hire native tour guides, and book locally owned hotels and restaurants whenever possible. We hold numerous charity events throughout the year in various traditional Andean communities. Events often involve distributing food, drinks, daily essentials (such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and more), toys for the children, shoes and clothes donated by many of our wonderful guests, and we are currently raising funds to finish building a school in the Willoc Community.  Ask us about how you can help!

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